The Voice, and the body: contesting with disability on reality TV

In an attempt to address the lack of academic attention to television accessibility and disability representation I conducted an online survey of Australian television audiences with a disability in 2013.

Some 341 people with disability responded to an email invitation sent to disability organisations in Australia, tertiary disability officers, and social media groups. The majority of respondents were aged between 22 and 34 and had a mobility impairment. One third were male and two thirds female.

I asked respondents to rank television genres on how stigmatising or empowering they were.

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Arts, Culture, Sport, Recreation

Katie Ellis

The Conversation

Date published:
Wed 8th Jul, 2015